Schools for Guitar Building and Repair
Acoustic Guitar Construction Training
Design, construct, assemble, finish, and set up your own guitar.
Tugaske, SK, March–May, Sept–Oct, Oct–Dec, (888) 884-2753, www.timelessinstruments.com
Marc Adams School of Woodworking
Guitar making with John Ressler; inlay and engraving with Grit Laskin.
Franklin, IN, Making an Acoustic Guitar: April; Inlay and Engraving, Sept, (317) 535-4013, www.marcadams.com
American School of Lutherie
Professional seminars and hands-on training for luthiers of all levels in very small, intimate classes.
Portland, OR, year-round, consult website, (503) 292-2385, www.americanschooloflutherie.com
Archtop Guitar Building Workshop
Nazareth Guitar Institute Archtop Guitar Construction Workshop.
Nazareth, PA, April, July, Oct, (570) 992-4956, www.americanarchtop.com
Martin Beck School of Lutherie
One-on-one and one-on-two guitar-building courses.
Vancouver Island, BC, phone for dates, (250) 723-2960.
Canadian School of Lutherie
Rizsanyi Guitars now offering year-round classes in archtop-guitar and mandolin construction.
New Germany, Nova Scotia, year-round, (902) 527-0614, www.rizsanyiguitars.com
Seven-day hands-on guitar-making workshop. Learn by doing.
Easton, PA, March, April, May, June, Aug–Sept, (610) 258-5154, www.finocchioguitar.com
Galloup School of Lutherie
Electric, acoustic, classical and archtop building and repair.
Big Rapids, MI, Journeyman: June–Aug; Masters: June–Dec; Technicians: June and Aug, (231) 796-5611, www.galloupguitars.com.
Hands-on Classical Guitar Making
Build your own guitar in two weeks with master luthiers.
Sebastopol, CA, April, (707) 823-3537, www.fleishmaninstruments.com
Hana Lima ’Ia
A ukulele-making class for constructing a tenor ukulele.
Honolulu, HI, June, (808) 847-1541, www.hanalima.com
Leeds Guitarmakers’ School
Basic and advanced instruction in guitar construction and design taught by professionals in the field.
Northampton, MA, March–November, dates vary, (413) 582-0034, www.leedsguitar.com
Builders workshop with Lynn Dudenbostel.
June, (360) 385-6836, www.mandolinsymposium.com
Midwest Guitar School Guitar Building Classes
Learn to build your own dream guitar.
Kirkwood, MO, year-round, (314) 962-8822, www.midwestguitar.com
Northampton Community College with C.F. Martin & Co.
Design your own “playable” model guitar with the experts.
Bethlehem, PA, Aug. 4–8, (610) 861-4553, www.northampton.edu
Ribbecke Guitars Archtop Building Class
Archtop boot camp, lectures, demo. In six days, instructors build, string, and voice an archtop guitar in class.
Healdsburg, CA, October, (707) 433-3778, www.ribbecke.com
Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery
Comprehensive courses in acoustic, electric, bass guitar, and amplifier construction and repair.
Phoenix, AZ, (602) 243-1179, www.roberto-venn.com
Intensive four day bluegrass instruction with masters of genre in inspiring outdoor setting, unique mandolin-building experience as well. Lyons, CO, July, (303) 823-0848x103, www.bluegrass.com
Summit School of Guitar Building and Repair
Intensive hands-on courses in guitar building and repair.
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, ongoing, (250) 757-9903, www.luthiers-international.com
Totnes School of Guitarmaking
Students handbuild their own instrument in a 12 week full-time course.
Totnes, Devon, England, May–July, Sept–Dec, Jan–Apr, (44) 1803-865255, www.totnesschoolofguitarmaking.co.uk
Whetstone School of Lutherie
Course in all aspects of design and building.
120 Birge Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 - (802) 579-1661, whetstoneschooloflutherie.com